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Looking backwards to go forwards - Housing 2020 and 2021

In the first webinar in Cornerstone Barristers' Housing Week series, Ranjit Bhose QC, Catherine Rowlands, Andy Lane and Ruchi Parekh provide their experience and insight into the highs and lows of housing past, and the opportunities and pitfalls to come.

Unsurprisingly, 2020 will be known as the year of COVID-19 and the lockdown, and in housing terms the 5-month possession stay will clearly dominate. There have also been non-pandemic developments however, not least in the courts’ treatment of the public sector equality duty in possession claims and homelessness appeals.

Looking ahead the abolition of section 21 is keenly awaited, planning reforms may impact on social housing builds, disrepair claim “farming” will no doubt continue apace.

About the speakers

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Ranjit Bhose QC

Ranjit has a varied practice, with particular specialisms in Local Government, Public Law and Judicial Review, Property, Housing, Licensing, Court of Protection, and Commercial Law.

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Catherine Rowlands

Catherine Rowlands has a practice which covers all aspects of public law, especially social housing, community care, and immigration, together with property and other civil litigation.

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Andrew Lane

Andy's practice focuses on social housing and property, and administrative and public law.

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Ruchi Parekh

Ruchi Parekh

Ruchi has a broad public law practice with particular expertise in planning, information, property and election law.

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